In a concerning turn of events, former NFL star Muhammad Wilkerson has found himself in trouble with the law once again. Wilkerson was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) with a loaded firearm discovered in his car.
The incident unfolded in Morris County, New Jersey, during a routine traffic stop on December 22 at 6:41 AM. Police officers, suspecting impairment, detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Wilkerson’s vehicle. The former New York Jets pass rusher reportedly informed officers that he was returning from a New York City club.
During the subsequent field sobriety tests, Wilkerson reportedly failed, leading to his arrest. A search of his vehicle revealed not only an open bottle of Don Julio tequila but also an FN 509 Tactical Handgun containing 11 hollow point bullets.
This latest arrest adds to Wilkerson’s legal troubles, raising concerns about the choices made by the once-prominent NFL figure.
Police said Wilkerson told them the firearm was purchased in Florida, but he did not provide them proper documentation.
Court records show Wilkerson has since been tagged with a bevy of charges in the case, including operating a vehicle while under the influence and unlawful possession of a handgun. He’s due in court for hearings on the matter next month.
This is not the first time Wilkerson has been accused of drinking and driving, he was arrested for DWI in 2020 and 2019 as well.
Wilkerson who was picked by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, made one Pro Bowl appearance while logging 44.5 sacks in his eight seasons in the NFL.